Accepting and Walking the Journey of a Committed Guide Dog Handler #WordPress Wednesday #Reblogs #Inspiration

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According to fellow author Patty Fletcher, who has written about her experiences with guide dogs, many people don’t understand that handling a guide dog is different from having a dog as a pet. In order for a blind handler to develop and continue a good working relationship with a dog, handler and dog must be inseparable at all times. The handler relies on the dog to help him/her navigate both indoors and outside.

Surely you wouldn’t ask a friend who depends on oxygen to leave his/her portable tank at home when you go out to eat. The same goes for guide dogs. Now, here’s Patty to elaborate.


Today, is forecast to be cloudy and a bit rainy but as I say, the sun is always shining behind the clouds.

Anyhow, this afternoon, I’m Pleased and Privileged to be going out with a friend for another birthday celebration. This makes two friends who have taken me out this year, which is kind of a new thing for me. It’s been many years since I had real friends. Let alone friends who wanted to be part of my life in such a way as to go out with me and my guide dogs.

Read the rest on Patty’s Worlds here.

Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at:

3 thoughts on “Accepting and Walking the Journey of a Committed Guide Dog Handler #WordPress Wednesday #Reblogs #Inspiration”

    1. Patty, you’re so welcome. It really angers me when people won’t look at something from a different angle. I’ve never had a guide dog, but I’ve read enough about them and am open-minded enough to understand that such an animal can be a blind or visually impaired person’s lifeline. Thank you for sharing this insight.


      1. Hi, it’s a subject that isn’t talked about nearly enough. I think a lot of blind people suffer in silence and I also think this is the reason more blind people do not have Guide Dogs. Sadly I believe it is something like only two or maybe 8% of blind persons have Guide Dogs. Some of the reason is simply because it doesn’t work for them, but a lot of reason is because people either think they need to live in a large city and be extremely active to need one, or they’re frightened of getting one for fear of alienating friends and loved ones. Which is totally preposterous. They shouldn’t have to worry about. Things like that. Anyway, thanks again for sharing and I hope you have a great day and happy Thanksgiving. My father is on his way over, so I’m answering. Email via Cortana while I wait. Just spent a lovely hour outside. Can’t believe the weather today.

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